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49ers Sign QB Josh McCown, Will Be Third Quarterback

Well, it looks like the brief flirtation with Daunte Culpepper was all for naught, unless the San Francisco 49ers intend to have a battle for the third spot on the quarterback depth chart, as Matt Maiocco of Comcast SportsNet reports that the team has inked Josh McCown. As noted, either of the two would have been third on the depth chart, with virtually no chance to sniff a starting gig. Apparently Culpepper does not fit in the team's plans, despite a reportedly good workout with the team.

Josh McCown comes in as the third, expecting to take a few snaps in the preseason so it's not just Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith getting beat up behind a struggling offensive line, and should enter the regular season carries on the team's roster, as neither McLeod Bethel-Thompson nor Jeremiah Masoli inspire much confidence in an emergency backup role.

McCown spent 2010 on the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League, which is probably a good thing - he wanted to stay active. He led the league with a 79.3 passer rating, starting all eight games and completing 114-of-202 passes, good for 1,463 yards and 10 touchdowns against eight interceptions. 

Veteran quarterback led the UFL in passer rating during 2010 season (79.3)... Started all eight games for Hartford last season, and completed 114-of-202 passes for 1,463 yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. The Colonials went 3-5 with McCown at the helm in 2010.